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R.M. baseball coach Grantham ready for change

Posted by on June 8, 2011 – 9:48 am

(Note: This story was in the newspaper last week, but didn’t get posted in the blog, so the news is about a week old.)

After spending 16 of the past 20 years at Red Mountain, Jason Grantham was ready for a change.

Now, he just has to convince his son, Brayden, to go along with it.

The Mountain Lions’ third-year baseball coach has accepted the athletic director position at Mesquite, replacing Anthony Scanio, who is moving out of state.

Grantham went to Red Mountain in high school, then returned as a teacher and coach for the past 13 years. He coached freshman football at Fremont Junior High, and took over the varsity baseball program from Henry Faccio in 2009. He is looking forward to shaking things up.

“I knew once I got into teaching, at some point I wanted to go into administration,” Grantham said. “I was fortunate to work here with Dr. (Gerald) Slemmer and (athletic director) Mike Anderson and do some of the administrative duties, and pick their brains.”

Grantham said the opportunity arose quickly, as he saw the job listing and went for it.

“I had full intentions of coming back,” Grantham said. “It had to be the right situation.”

The Mesquite football team made the state quarterfinals last year, and the baseball team was the top seed in the postseason and advanced to the semifinals. Grantham met with principal Cecillia Peterson and Gilbert district athletic director Mark Cisterna, and felt like it was the right fit.

As for Brayden, well, he’s still warming to the idea of his dad switching schools. Last year, he was a bat-boy for the Mountain Lions.

“My son wants to know if he can still be the bat-boy (at Red Mountain),” Grantham said. “He and one of his buddies did it last year and really liked it. They’re not really happy I’m leaving.”

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